Can I scrap a car without an engine?

Scrapping a car can always seem like a daunting time, and if you’ve got an old banger clogging up your old driveway, you might be wondering how you’re finally going to get rid of it. Let Scrap Car Comparison talk you through all the finer details on how to scrap a car even if it’s missing one of the most important parts a car can have: the engine. 

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Reasons your car may be missing its engine

Engines are, of course, the beating heart of a car. Without them, they simply wouldn’t move. So how exactly could a car end up without one? For starters, you could have simply fallen foul of a car’s old age. Although there are some cars that might be able to clock up hundreds of thousands of miles across decades, not all have that same longevity. 

Cars that have been treated without much in the way of care may find their engines giving up the ghost in the most unfortunate of places. If your engine does expire while you’re driving along, the cost of replacing it is unsurprisingly large, in line with the importance of the component itself.

You may also find that your car is currently lacking its engine because it was removed to gain access to parts that would otherwise be unreachable. If the work being undertaken was particularly difficult, then it could be that the engine was left out for a particularly long time, or even sold on of its own accord. 

Finally, and certainly the most unfortunate, if your engine has been sitting out of the car for a long period of time, there is every chance it could have caught the eye of keen thieves. If your engine has been stolen, you’re going to need a new one – and they’re not cheap.

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Can you scrap a car without an engine? 

There is nothing stopping you from scrapping a car without an engine, but it will certainly have an effect on the price that you’ll be offered – and not in the direction that you’d want. As we’ve already established, engines are expensive pieces of kit, and when you’re scrapping a car, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got everything in your arsenal to bolster the price offered.

Many of our buyers not only specialise in scrap, but also in salvage, meaning they will strip their purchases of usable parts before sending them to the scrapyard. If you remove any of these, the price you’ll be offered drops dramatically, with the resale value of all of the parts of your car diminishing with every removed item. With that in mind, it’s always best to make sure that your car is as complete as possible when selling for scrap.

Tips and advice for scrapping a car without an engine

If you are looking to scrap your car but the engine is nowhere to be seen, that doesn’t mean you can’t do so. In order to get the most out of your broken car, you’re going to want to make sure that what is left is in the best condition possible. By keeping your car’s other major components, such as the gearbox, in clean and working order, you should be able to squeeze as value as possible out of what’s left of your car.

A key point, however, will be to go in knowing to expect a lower figure than you might have had for a complete car. Going in with an open mind as to the value of your car will save you any disappointment when your first quotes are provided.

Get the very best price with Scrap Car Comparison

Whether your car is in one piece or is missing major components, Scrap Car Comparison can guarantee you the very best price for it. No matter the condition of your car, we’ll find you a buyer, and will scour the country to find only the highest offer possible. On top of that, we’ll even arrange for it to be collected direct from your doorstep at no extra cost to you.

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